The past few days have been overcast, drizzly, windy and cold but the gents of Intake 2 have been in a world of bright, flashing lights surrounded by a cacophony of loud cracks and the sparks from the welding equipment as tremendous amounts of electricity surged from the tools in our hands and melted the various shards of metal in front of us.PT has continued every morning as usual despite the biting cold. Without a doubt each and every one of us is reaching a higher level of fitness then we arrived as we are under the close observation and positive encouragement of Mr Mpofu and Mr Randle. We have been fortunate enough to have the expertise of the welders from the Welding Skills Centre to teach and guide us through this exceptionally fascinating, yet relatively tricky, course. We were divided into four groups and set to work learning the various types and techniques of welding, namely Oxy-Acetylene Gas Welding, MMA (Manual Metal Arc Welding), T.I.G/T.A.G and M.I.G/M.A.G. Each form of welding provides its own challenges and we found that different people found different methods easier to use. We were taught the effect of changing currents, how welds are affected and why some metals can or can’t be welded with certain machines. It was a lot of information to take in but it was necessary for us to learn it quickly because, after no more than a few hours of actual hands on welding, we were seated down in the dining room to write our first of four theory exams. It was clear that the exam wasn’t going to be an easy run, but we all put in maximum effort and hopefully we will be rewarded.Touch Rugby is a daily event and so at five o’clock we ride our bikes up to Falcon to practice for the Tournament we will be participating in during our upcoming visit to Kariba (an event we are all extremely excited for).As the week of welding continued, some of us experienced the effects of the ultra-violet rays emitted from the machines. There was a case of the dreaded “Arc-Eye” which occurs from looking directly at the arc and is said to feel like the unfortunate victim has sand in their eyes. Many of us also received sunburn-like burns on our hands and necks, a very unpleasant feeling!!! The good certainly outweighed the bad and we spread our metaphorical imaginative wings as we began work on our welding projects. Bike stands were built with our new found skills as well as a few tables and weapons of mass lantana (a type of invasive plant that has to be cleared regularly) destruction. Our last exam was finished with a big sigh of relief and satisfaction that we had, hopefully, acquired a useful skill that we can one day apply to our lives if the situation calls for it. We eagerly await the results of our exams.Our week ended with a terrific Saturday as we had a good PT session in the morning, flipping tractor tyres, followed by some us going to watch the girls waterpolo tournament up at Falcon. Altogether, we have had a very productive and enjoyable week at Quest.